Why Kohl’s (KSS) Stock Is Rising In Pre-Market Trading Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Kohl's Corp. (KSS) are higher by 1.11% to $62.20 in pre-market trading on Thursday, following a ratings upgrade to "buy" from "neutral" at Citigroup.

The firm said it raised its rating on the department store as it's expecting Kohl's new products, and "prudent" inventory management to drive comp store sales and margins.

Citigroup upped its price target on Kohl's stock to $70 from $63.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates KOHL'S CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KOHL'S CORP (KSS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Multiline Retail industry average. The net income increased by 0.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $231.00 million to $232.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $551.00 million or 20.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.86%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.83, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.28 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: KSS Ratings Report

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